ZodGory (zodgory) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Westworld 3x07 Promo; Ed Harris Not Enjoying This Season and Accidentally Broke Actor's Pinky

The penultimate episode airs next week where we seem to learn more about Aaron Paul's Caleb.


Filming with Jimmi Simpson: [Laughs] You know, I’m just playing a character. I’m just doing what the script tells me to do at the best of my ability. It is kinda fun beating up on him, and Jimmi’s a cool guy. It was fun to actually get a chance to work with him a little bit, even if it was a little bizarre.

On if he's been told whether or not his character is a host: They pretty much leave it up in the air. Being a person who enjoys doing theater and making it new and fresh every night, I’d just as soon know the full arc of my character. But, unfortunately, I do not. Yeah, pretty much [revealed episode to episode].

On being manhandled and strapped down this season: You do what you gotta do. I mean, I signed on to play the Man in Black. I didn’t sign on to play the Man in White. So it wasn’t the most joyous season for me, I gotta say. It’s not so hard to embody [going to a dark place], but it’s hard to feel like something I’m really enjoying doing.


Jimmi Simpson talked about what it was like finally getting to work with Ed Harris and how the other actor accidentally broke his pinky and doesn't know about it.

"Well, here’s the thing, when you have such a committed actor like Mr. Harris -- I'll call him Sir Harris -- he gives it a thousand percent but he'll also make sure you're safe. I come from theater too, and was like, 'Give it full and I’ll receive it.' And luckily, everything he hits me with is a slightly softer version of what it looks like. But man, he commits. He doesn't pull his punches.

I didn't even tell him this, because I didn't realize for two week, but after he gets done kicking my ass, Ed Harris is exhausted because he has given his all to this eradication of this young version of himself. And so he’s just beating him silly. He got off of me and landed on my finger. Unfortunately my pinky was sticking up and I broke my pinky that day.

He broke my pinky. There was a snap. After an hour I started going, 'I guess I really bruised the bone or something there.' I didn't tell him because I didn't want to throw him off and make him frightened to come at me hard again. So then I went and talked to the medic. He said, 'Yeah it's swollen. Keep it iced.' Two weeks later, I couldn’t play the guitar anymore. I went to the doctor, and I had broken my pinky clean.

I had no idea, but that’s the thing with Westworld, with Ed Harris -- you get so sucked in. I was so, so deeply into the scene that I didn't notice. And it just really translates too, huh? It looks great."

what's your worst workplace related injury?
Tags: aaron paul, actor / actress, interview, television promo / stills, westworld (hbo)
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